Year: 2005 Source: Californian Journal of Health Promotion, v.3, no.3, (2005), p.154-161 SIEC No: 20080204

The authors assert that focussing on issues of body weight alone negatively impacts community health overall. The mental health consequences of this focus are examined. The pervasive stigma obese individuals face is evidenced in research which has found an increased likelihood of depression, suicidal thoughts, & suicide attempts. (37 refs.)